Katie L. Price
20th/21st Century Literature, Poetry and Poetics, Media Studies
Fisher-Bennett Hall 319
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:00
(B.A., English, University of Utah; M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania)
Katie L. Price is currently completing her dissertation, “‘The Tangential Point’: Pataphysical Practice in Postwar Poetry,” which argues that contemporary poets such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Christian Bök, and Vanessa Place design and execute projects that echo French modernist Alfred Jarry's “science of imaginary solutions.” Only by recognizing the relationship that such work has with ’pataphysics can we understand fully how conceptual poetry is able to function as critique of extra-literary discourses. Portions of the work are published or forthcoming in Contemporary Literature, Canadian Literature, and the collection On Conceptual Writing. Katie is also completing two poetry manuscripts—BRCA and Sik—that intersect with her dissertation research in that they explore the ability of literature to make interventions in other fields. Portions of the works are forthcoming in the Journal of Medical Humanities and Fence.
Katie has taught courses on American literature; poetry; literature and technology; critical and creative writing. In 2010-2011, she taught two sections of “Writing and Modern Technology,” a critical writing course that explored the differences between writing on a typewriter and writing on a computer. In Fall 2011, she taught “Poetry, Technology, Gender and Globalization,” a course that traced the relationship between poetry and writing technologies from the invention of the alphabet to the digital age. In Spring 2013, Katie taught “The Beat Generation” and “Writing at the Borders,” a creative writing class that required students to trouble customary boundaries between forms, disciplines, and media. In Summer 2012, she taught “Relocations” for Penn's Pre-Freshman Program (PFP), which supports academically gifted students from low-income or first-generation backgrounds. In Summer 2013, she will return to PFP as the writing instructor coordinator.
Katie has helped to organize several reading groups, events, and colloquia on campus. In 2010-2011, Katie coordinated the Poetry & Poetics Group with Jonathan Fedors, and in 2011-2012 she coordinated the Modernism and Twentieth Century Studies Group (MODS) with Beth Blum. She collaborated with Jonathan Fedors again in April 2012, organizing and hosting “Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent,” a conference that brought together over twenty prominent and emerging scholars in the field of modern and contemporary poetry. A conference companion that she co-edited is forthcoming at the international online magazine Jacket2. She recently led the publicity team for “Disability & Modernism,” which took place on March 14-15, 2013. She is currently working with a group of faculty, art collectors, and center directors to organize Philadelphia à la Pataphysique, a ten-day arts festival that will celebrate the influence of Alfred Jarry’s ’pataphysics on 20th and 21st century art.
Katie has been the recipient of such awards as an LPS Research & Teaching Fellowship (2012-2013), a Pew Presedential Prize Summer Fellowship (2012), and a Digital Humanities Training Grant (2012). Katie is also a Project Associate at the Kelly Writers House, Interviews Editor at Jacket2, and Associate Editor at Electronic Poetry Center.
For more information, please see: www.katielprice.com.